Today, I’m going to talk about a fun way to save money. That fun way is to buy stuff at garage sales (also known as yard sales). After all, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. You can find some really cool things in places where you least expect them. And the prices are very low because people are just looking to clear unused stuff from their houses. Or they might be downsizing and moving to a smaller living space.
On occasion, I will find unexpected treasures at garage sales/yard sales/rummage sales. One time, I bought a food processor at a garage sale. I asked the person selling it to plug it in to make sure that it actually worked. Sure enough, it did. The food processor looks like a relatively old model. But it is in very good condition and I have prepared all sorts of food in it, including hummus, pesto, and even smoothies. I make smoothies in a food processor because I don’t have a blender! And about a year ago, I found a little food chopper at a garage sale. Sort of like a baby food processor. It didn’t cost much, either. I use it mostly for chopping garlic.
This past Friday, I went to River Lea, the home of the Grand Island Historical Society for its garage sale. It was the historical society’s only fundraiser for the entire year.
And there were some cool things there. I bought a wooden box that was called the “magic tea box.” It was once full of teabags. I gave it more days of glory by filling it with a selection of teas.
Another thing that I bought at the garage sale was a Vera Bradley purse in a Java Blue style. It is a retired style but it still looks stylish to me. Especially for four dollars. I think that was a bar-goon!
Below are some pictures of other things that I’ve purchased at garage sales. They include bone china tea cups and saucers (which I truly love to place in still lifes), beads for jewelry making or to sew into embroidery projects, bears, and a four-volume set of encyclopedias that gives descriptions of the characters of classical literature.